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on a real american hustle, an fbi sting called abscam that engulfed congress in 1980. >> the biggest political scandal to hit washington since watergate. >> reporter: and it was the first made-for-tv scandal resulting in convictions of seven members of congress, including a senator and other politicians, all caught on state-of-the-art surveillance taking thousands of dollars in bribes from phony arab sheikhs. one congressman actually stuffing cash in his suit with investigators claiming later he was hiding it from the mob. and like christian bale's irving rosenfeld, abscan's mastermind was also a con man. melvin weinberg, a flashy, bronx-born swindler turned paid fbi informant. we caught up with weinberg, now retired in florida. how'd you become a confidence man? >> oh, it was easy. you want to make a buck? i seen what was going on back in them days, and everybody was charging people points to get a construction loan or a mortgage. >> reporter: first targeting white-collar crime, weinberg and the fbi set up abdul enterprises, representing two mystical arab sheikhs eager to invest mon
others were badly damaged. no word on a cause. >>> the fbi is investigating several acts of vandalism. anti-wealth graffti has been found. the fbi is handing the case because they track activist movements. we'll check weather, good morning. >>> good morning, scott. we're looking at another round of showers and thunderstorms that arrive tonight. it will be stronger than the one that came through this morning. go on twitter, we're doing a live chat right now. search nbc bay area weather. a lot of the activity is falling apart and not going to continue to hold together. jacket weather today, 60s for daytime highs. mike, how is the drive? >> it's a little better now. looking here toward palo alto. southbound 101 things were gumming up until about five minutes ago when it started to move more smoothly. on the east bay side we're looking at oakland. that is not bad and the slowing is gradual approaching high street. the south bay northbound on the 101. the orange means speeds are closer to 55. that's good news. >>> another local news update for you in half an hour. >>> from nbc news, this i
with the vision. >> reporter: in fact, it's based on a real american hustle, an fbi sting called abscam that engulfed congress in 1980. >> the biggest political scandal to hit washington since watergate. >> reporter: and it was the first made-for-tv scandal re new jersey, and of course, here in washington, d.c., where two congressmen, frank thompson and john murphy, were caught on tape taking bribes in this very house, a house that the fbi was renting from an unsuspecting "washington post" reporter. the tapes produced memorable moments, including congressman ozzie myers uttering these infamous words -- >> money talks in this business, and bull [ bleep ] talks. it's the same way in washington." >> reporter: to this day, myers says he and other lawmakers were entrapped by the fbi. >> no one was ever predisposed to any kind of criminal activity. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney in new jersey during abscam who worked on the case sort of agrees, calling the operation unsavory. >> the politicians disgraced themselves by going before the camera, but the justice department disgraced itself as wel
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